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Millwall vs Swansea City. Sky Bet Championship.

The Den.

Millwall 1

  • M Bennett (21st minute)

Swansea City 1

  • B Bialkowski (66th minute own goal)

Millwall 1-1 Swansea: Bartosz Bialkowski own goal earns point for Swans

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at The Den

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Swansea

Millwall and Swansea's hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs took a hit as they played out a 1-1 draw at The Den on Tuesday evening.

A first goal for on-loan Derby winger Mason Bennett set the Lions on their way in the first half (21), but an own goal from goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski helped Rhian Brewster's sublime free-kick over the line to earn a draw for Steve Cooper's side (66).

The result in south east London means that ninth-placed Swansea now sit four points outside the top six, with Millwall a point behind them with just six games of the season left to play.

How Millwall and Swansea's play-off dreams were dented

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Rhian Brewster of Swansea City celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Swansea City at the Den on June 30, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
Image: Rhian Brewster celebrates Swansea's equalising goal

Questions had been asked of Millwall's ability to perform at The Den without the intense atmosphere created by their fans, but in his pre-match interview with Sky Sports' Caroline Barker, Lions boss Gary Rowett called upon his team to play with freedom in order to edge closer to the top six.

His players appeared to heed that advice and had the lead midway through the first period, when Bennett drove through the middle of the park, dropped the ball off to Jed Wallace on his right-hand side and then swept the return ball over the line with aplomb.

The Lions had a lower share of possession but managed the game well and there was little panic even when Liverpool loanee Brewster's close-range effort was expertly hooked over the top of the crossbar by Jake Cooper.

Millwall started the second half on the front foot, but their opponents improved and went close when Conor Gallagher's dipping effort was saved by Bialkowski.

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Soon after, they got back on level terms in style. Shaun Hutchinson conceded a free-kick just outside the area after a heavy challenge on Gallagher, allowing Brewster to delightfully curl a shot in off the underside of the crossbar; the only downside was the inadvertent touch from the stopper that took it over the line.

Rowett introduced top scorer Matt Smith for the last few minutes, but the final chance of the game dropped to defender Murray Wallace, who nodded the hosts' 12th corner of the game against the base of the post.

Man of the match - Murray Wallace

He could do nothing about conceding the equaliser after Brewster's superb free-kick, so Wallace will no doubt be disappointed that he could not cap a good evening from a defensive perspective with a goal at the other end, where he spurned good opportunities from several Millwall corners.

What the managers said...

Millwall manager Gary Rowett was pleased with his side’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Swansea but admits he was disappointed not to take all three points.

Millwall's Gary Rowett: "I think we can still make it. In this division two or three wins changes the whole outlook very quickly. At the moment my thought process is, we are tinged with still trying to get something out of this season and also learning some things for next season. That will be a real challenge because we want both. We've done everything we could to win the game and, until we're out of it, we'll keep fighting.

"We need our fans here. They give us that 20 minutes of pressure which other teams struggle to cope with. Our fans give us a lift. I know other teams do the same, but we're a unique club in that sense. What I would say is it makes you realise how important our fans are to us."

Swansea manager Steve Cooper was disappointed with the goal they conceded in their 1-1 draw with Millwall.

Swansea's Steve Cooper: "We have to keep going and keep believing. Yes we need to get better with game management and get better with looking after the ball late in games, but we will always strive to be better because there is always something to improve on. We won't give up.

"[Brewster] practises them every day and his returns are good. I have seen him do it on many occasions and you do fancy them. It was a brilliant goal."

What's next?

Both sides are back in action in front of the Sky Sports cameras this weekend. Millwall face south east London rivals Charlton on Friday at 8.15pm, while Swansea host Sheffield Wednesday at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday at midday.

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